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Famed Gerry Estate displayed as part of MARK fund-raiser

It was once the playground of Roosevelts, Harrimans and Vanderbilts, but like some other great celebrities, the magnificent Gerry estate “Aknusti” has also suffered from neglect.
Also aptly named Broadlands, this turn-of-the-century compound stretches over three townships and truly represents life on a Gilded Age baronial scale: from its 20,000-square-foot Georgian mansion to the palatial stables where polo and thoroughbred champions were bred and born, even its builders Robert and Cornelia Gerry dubbed it “Aknusti,” or “expensive proposition” in Native American parlance.


One woman show hits RAG stage

The internationally acclaimed one-woman show “LiLiA!” will be on stage at The Roxbury Arts Group on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m.
Written and performed by Libby Skala, the granddaughter of Oscar nominee Lilia Skala, this moving piece relates Lilia’s challenges as she experiences the rude displacement from being Austria’s first female architect and European stage star to working in a factory in New York City. After fleeing Hitler-invaded Austria, Lilia finally rises to Hollywood fame in “Lilies of the Field,” acting alongside Sidney Poitier.


Energy savings program planned August 18 at CCCD

Are you worried about the upcoming heating season? Join representatives from the New York Energy $martSM Programs for a how-to session for homeowners and small businesses. Plan now for a more affordable winter. The program will be held on Monday, Aug. 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Catskill Center for Conservation & Development on Route 28 in Arkville.


Dual show will open at Chace

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Chace-Randall Gallery proudly presents On Paper: Nature, Line and Layer, an exhibit of new works by Rimer Cardillo and Marie Vickerilla, opening August 15 and hanging until October 5. A reception for the artists is Saturday, Aug. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. A world-renowned printmaker and installation artist, Cardillo’s current work juxtaposes the ancient art of woodcuts with modern photographic technology. The imagery is of his Hudson Valley pond and bird ranches of South America—fusing the natural world of his home in the United States with his native Uruguay.


Camp Jammin's focus is on music

The first annual Camp Jammin’ is a camp for those ages 10-18 who are considering pursuing a career in the music industry, as well as for those who want to expand and support their musical hobbies. The first session runs August 11 to 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Evergreen Arts Center located at 1625 Main Street in Fleischmanns. The second session will be held from August 18 to 22 at 76 Main!, the new performing arts center in Stamford run by the Roxbury Arts Group.


Brenda Finch-Hasay honored as NY Postmaster of the Year

By Julia Green
A familiar face in Margaretville and Arkville has garnered recognition on a pretty big stage.
Brenda Finch-Hasay, the postmaster of the Arkville Post Office and the officer-in-charge at the Margaretville Post Office, was presented with the New York Postmaster of the Year Award at the state convention in Cooperstown at the end of May. At the start of August, Hasay, along with recipients of the award from other states, were recognized before the National League of Postmasters annual convention in Louisville, Ky.


City wants ban on gas drilling

By Matthew J. Perry
After months of silence, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) made an opening demand last week for harsh restrictions on natural gas drilling in the city’s vast watershed. The agency is also seeking a central role in the review of leases near its holdings, and has called for public hearings to be held for every proposed drilling site.
DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd circulated a letter to state officials that spoke to grave concerns about the environmental impacts of gas drilling and the threat it poses to the water that fills upstate reservoirs.


Phoenicia Hotel site cleanup put on hold by state officials

By Jay Braman Jr.
The mountain of rubble that was once the historic Phoenicia Hotel will remain the most prominent feature on the Phoenicia Business district, at least for now, but at least it’s not an asbestos hazard. That’s the latest word from town officials and the property owner who responded to complaints that the unsightly debris has been sitting for too long.


Riverkeeper echoes call for drilling ban

Environmental watchdog group Riverkeeper called on Governor Paterson on Friday to designate the New York City Watershed permanently “off-limits” for natural gas drilling. 
“Riverkeeper agrees with the state’s decision to update its outdated environmental review for gas drilling in New York’s portion of the vast Marcellus Shale formation. The state must take the logical next step and enact a ban on gas drilling in the NYC Watershed,” said Phillip Musegaas, Riverkeeper Policy Director.


Shandaken seeks status as Greenway Community

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Council voted to become a Greenway Community at this month’s board meeting. The vote was unanimous in favor although Councilman Vince Bernstein was absent.
There was little discussion about the measure among board members, but some in the audience needed reassurance that property rights would not be stepped on.


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